March 8, 2013

Summah at the vineyahd

As Obama makes sixth-graders from Iowa cry and beg for their White House tour to be reinstated, staffers are busy making plans for the summer sojourn to Martha's Vineyard.

Like many children across the nation, a group of Iowa students has spent the school year in preparation and planning to visit the nation's capitol.  Weeks before departure, the sequester kicks in and, BAM!, no White House tour, as Obama has made sure that only the most obvious and PR-worthy cuts are made.

It didn't take long for the media to jump on the story - both of the kids, and of the actual savings of cancelling White House tours
They wouldn’t say how much this saves, so, we did some math. Tours are open 20 hours a week and use 30 uniformed Secret Service officers at about $30 an hour. Total saved? Approximately $18,000 a week.”
Now comes calligraphy-gate, with the illumination of the cost of the White House's THREE on-staff calligraphers.  Their combined salaries add up to $277,000 a year.  I will put my ancient, $40 Print Shop software and HP printer up against anything those calligraphers are churning out.  Seriously?  How much waste does hand-writing produce?  Can't you just see the floor of their office covered with wadded up balls of card stock and smears of ink before state dinner invites go out?

Maybe one of those calligraphers could train the auto pen to do their job.

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